Dubbed “Spermwatch”, it is part of a wider conservation project involving universities, conservation and research organisations.Read the full story ›
The annual British Science Festival gets underway at Swansea University today. The four-day event has been held every year since 1831.Read the full story ›
A £5.8m scheme to generate energy from sea waves off the Pembrokeshire coast has been announced.
Wave-tricity will develop and test a new device called the Ocean Wave Rower backed by EU funding.
The Welsh Government says the project is the latest investment to help create a world-leading marine energy sector in Wales.
£12m has been committed to clean energy projects including Minesto’s Deep Green initiative, being developed in Anglesey, and Marine Power Solutions’ WaveSub technology which will also be deployed in Pembrokeshire waters.
Marine energy is an important sector and Wales has excellent natural resources which can be harnessed. I am delighted this investment will bring another significant energy project to Pembrokeshire.
It’s very encouraging that this scheme, which has such potential is being developed in Wales, particularly as it will lead to good employment and business opportunities in the local area.
The Wildlife Trust Skomer Team monitors progress each year and so far it has counted 7 seal pups.Read the full story ›
A centre dedicated to educating children and adults on all things technology is celebrating its 30th birthday.Read the full story ›
Scientists at Bangor and Oxford universities say they have achieved a world first: spider-silk used as a superlens for microscopes.Read the full story ›
Stargazers are in for an annual treat as a spectacular meteor shower is set to light up the night skies.Read the full story ›
Sky watchers can expect an extra dazzling display from the Perseid meteor shower as the Earth ploughs through a cloud of comet debris.Read the full story ›
A new Butterfly House has opened at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales. The attraction is part of a plan to appeal to a wider audience.Read the full story ›
Swansea University scientists have been involved in a collaborative study which reveals for the first time that the world’s protected areas do benefit a broad range of species
The study, published in Nature Communications, led by the University of Sussex working together with the Natural History Museum, the UNEP - World Conservation Monitoring Centre and Swansea University, is the largest ever analysis of globally protected areas.
By analysing biodiversity samples taken from 1,939 sites inside and 4,592 sites outside 359 protected areas, scientists have discovered the protected area samples contain 15 percent more individuals and 11 percent more species compared to samples from unprotected sites.
Protected areas are considered a quintessential measure for biodiversity conservation and many nations have committed to increase them to cover at least 17% of the terrestrial area (‘Aichi biodiversity targets’ of the Convention on Biological Diversity). It was hence timely to carry out a comprehensive global evaluation of the effectiveness of protected areas.